Genomind Blog

  • How Smartphones Are Impacting Future Generations’ Mental Health

    Think back to your childhood. How did you spend your free time? Did you roam the neighborhood with your friends? Did you take unsupervised trips to the mall?Unlike the generation before them, “post-millennials” spend most of their time alone, interacting with their friends through social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. Members of this generation were born between 1995 and 2012 and have had access to technology and social media throughout their entire lives.Jean M. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has been studying generational differences for 25 years. For the most part, her research…

  • Online Searches About Suicide Climbed After ’13 Reasons Why’ Premiere

    The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why addresses a number of tough issues: sexual assault, cyberbullying, depression, and suicide. These are important topics to discuss, and it’s critical to do so in a way that helps, rather than harms, the intended audience.Three weeks after the show’s premiere, internet searches about suicide increased by 19%, which is approximately 900,000 to 1.5 million more searches than would be expected without the show.While it’s unclear whether the internet searches preceded any actual suicide attempts, the spike in searches can indicate a worrisome domino effect.“ Suicide search trends are correlated with actual suicides,…

  • Learning to Swim: Michael Phelps and Depression

    Once Michael Phelps retired from the pool after the 2012 London Olympics, he felt directionless and without purpose. Despite his past success in the water, the Olympic swimmer got lost in a sea of depression. An unfortunate series of events in 2014 led Phelps to lock himself in his room for four days. Then, he received a second charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, which resulted in a six-month suspension by USA Swimming. "Those days when I was sitting in my room, where I didn't move for four days, I had the support team of my friends…

  • How to Have Conversations about Mental Health with Loved Ones

    In just one year, more than 40 million U.S. adults suffer from some type of mental illness. One of those 40 million people could be someone you know and love. When mental health issues go untreated, the results can be devastating. If someone in your life is dealing with a mental illness, would you feel comfortable talking with them about it? The recently launched Face the Issue campaign provides advice on how to address mental health concerns and guidance on how to start a conversation about mental health with a loved one. The first step in starting this type…

  • Genetic Testing and Maternal Mental Health

    While new mothers can face an array of potential issues, maternal mental health issues are the most concerning and need more attention. According to United Kingdom research, postpartum psychiatric disorders were identified as the most common cause of maternal death in that country . I serve on the Colorado Department of Public Health committee responsible for identifying and classifying maternal deaths in the interest of having data that can be used to improve treatment. According to data from 2004–2012, 30 percent of maternal deaths in Colorado were due to either accidental drug overdose or suicide. OB-GYNs understandably focus on trying…

  • #YouGoodMan: Seeking Help for Mental Health

    Mental illness does not discriminate and certain ethnic groups are less likely to get help. Learn more during Minority Mental Health Month.

  • The Mind and Body Connection

    What happens when a physical problem stems from a psychological one, or vice versa? It can take a while before the cause is recognized and proper treatment begins.Psychiatric Times found that 47 medical illnesses, ranging from cardiac arrhythmias to pancreatic cancer, can first present themselves as anxiety, and 30 different medications can cause anxiety.This finding is paramount for doctors with patients who are seeking treatment for anxiety or depression. The patient may have an underlying physical condition that needs to be addressed, which could resolve the emotional symptoms.To effectively help their patients, doctors must be able to recognize an…

  • Changing the Stigma Around Men’s Mental Health with Photography

    “Rub some dirt on it.” “Man up.” “Walk it off.” These refrains are often directed at men from a young age, teaching them to shelve their emotions and appear strong. The American Psychological Association found that 30.6% of men have suffered from depression in their lifetime, and only 1 in 4 men speak to mental health professionals. To help change the perception of masculinity and encourage men to openly discuss their mental health, Heads Up Guys curated a collection of photographs from male artists who have experienced depression. The photographers used their personal experiences to share powerful messages on…

  • The Child Mental Health Crisis

    People often associate carefree adventures and unconditional parental love with childhood. However, that is not always the case. A recent trend of suicide and suicidal thoughts in youths has been on the rise over the past couple of years. By the end of 2014, the national suicide rate for children reached a 30-year high. In the last decade, the rate of suicide for girls between the ages of 10-14 increased by threefold. What’s behind these spikes? Experts cite a number of potential factors, including thwarted dreams due to the 2007-2009 economic downturn, inadequate access to mental health care, and…

  • PTSD: Resilience and Therapy

    Throughout the month of June, organizations and individuals aim to bring greater awareness to PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is more common than you may think – In the U.S., 7-8% of the population will have PTSD during their lifetime.Experiencing trauma is common, and each time an individual undergoes a traumatic event, he or she has a chance to develop PTSD. In a previous blog, I explored four main things you should know about the condition – from common symptoms to diagnosis info, PTSD is a complicated illness.The Importance of ResilienceOne frequently asked question about PTSD is about what causes it…